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Dr. Lester Breslow, an internationally recognized public health leader, has been named chairman of the Dean's Advisory Board of the UCLA School of Public Health.
As chairman of the committee, Breslow will lead a group of friends of the school who help raise money for various projects. The school has embarked on a $15 million effort to raise funds for a new building and other critical needs, part of UCLA's $1.2 billion fund-raising campaign.
"My goal is to help the school and its friends focus on how they can best support the teaching, research and service programs of a truly outstanding school whose impact on the public's health extends from Southern California to many of the most needy areas of the world," Breslow said.
He is a former president of the American Public Health Association, dean emeritus of the UCLA School of Public Health and the current chair of the Public Health Commission of Los Angeles County. Breslow's research was among the first to show that following simple lifestyle habits could significantly extend life and that cigarette smoking caused cancer.
"Lester Breslow is without peer in professional stature, and his continuing leadership and support of the school is deeply appreciated," said Abdelmonem A. Afifi, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health.
The UCLA School of Public Health enrolls 600 graduate students pursuing careers as health educators, epidemiologists, environmental health officers and other professionals who focus on improving the health of communities. The school's faculty conducts research and provides community service on issues such as health policy, disease and injury prevention, and workplace safety in California and in 70 foreign countries.